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DepEd approves SJC proposed 51% increase on tuition, other fees
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on May 31, 2013, 7:23 am

By Jani Arnaiz
May 31, 2013

MAASIN CITY – It’s no can do for now for the petitioners against tuition fee increase and commercialization implemented by catholic church ran Saint Joseph College here in the city.

The Department of Education regional office has already approved the school’s proposed 51 percent and the 20 percent increase on tuition and other fees in high school and its elementary school respectively.

In her “2nd indorsement” dated May 8, obtained by Inquirer, DepEd regional director Luisa Bautista-Yu stated that the DepEd is “interposing no objection to the 10 percent increase on tuition fee and an average of 41 percent on other fees for school year 2013-2014 for grade 7 to 4th year.”

While in the SJC’s elementary school’s proposal for 10 percent on tuition and 10 percent increase on other fees has also been approved on May 15.

The indorsements also stated that the school, the biggest under the Diocese of Maasin headed by Bishop Precioso Cantillas, the proposed increase was approved “in view of satisfactory compliance with requirements set by the Department of Education and subject to the conditions embodied under DECS Orders…”

The DepEd regional director also stated in her indorsements, “It suffices to mention that this grant of increase only represents a very meager amount conscious of the economic condition and plight of the school children/students and their parents, and it appears also tro be in keeping with the policy of DepEd Honorable Secretary to peg such increase in its barest minimum amount pursuant to DepEd Order No. 18 s. 2009.”

The school is now collecting enrollees based on the approved increase this school year an average of P4,630 from previous average tuition fee of P4,200 for the secondary level, an average P420 in difference.

For other fees, from an average of P1,650 from previous year to an average of P2,300 or a difference of P670.

For the elementary school, enrollees in four levels including kindergarten has to pay an average of P8,400 from previous year’s average of P7,550 or a difference of P760.

However, there was no breakdown on the amount collected for the miscellaneous fees or other fees.

St. Joseph School’s proposal for increase was submitted to the DepEd through city division superintendent Genis Murallos before it was sent to the regional office. The city division was then furnished a copy of the approved increase. The city division was furnished with the approved increase on Monday for the elementary department, while the approved increase for high school was submitted last week yet.

Maasin Bishop Precioso Cantillas of the Diocese of Maasin, president of St. Joseph College (SJC), is facing criticisms in an online petition posted on Change.org over several issues including the alleged illegal collection of tuition and other fee increases.

The petition, entitled “The Josephinians speak out against Bishop Precioso Cantillas,” started on when the school demolished the high school open stage and announced the plan to increase tuition and miscellaneous fees by 50 percent.

So far, the petition has gathered 236 signatures of mostly parents and members of the alumni association.

According to the petition, SJC imposed the increase on tuition without proper consultation as required by law.


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